March 21 – 24, 2021


Join the Today’s Students Coalition and LeadMN for a virtual student summit in Washington, D.C. 

This four-day virtual trip will offer the opportunity to meet with your representatives in Congress and will equip you with the tools to uplift student voices in the halls of the Capitol. Attendees will gain hands-on experience working on federal higher education issues and insight into how policymaking works.



Sunday, March 21
2:00 – 2:30 PM ET
Welcome Remarks
LeadMN Executive Director Mike Dean
LeadMN President Priscilla Mayowa

2:30 – 3:00 PM ET
Speaker TBD

3:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Connect with Other Student Attendees

3:30 – 4:15 PM ET
Higher Education Policy Briefing
Higher Learning Advocates Deputy Executive Director Emily Bouck West
Late last year, Congress passed a series of major higher education reforms that will support students. Now, with the new Administration’s higher education policy agenda starting to take shape, attendees will discuss the opportunities for higher education policy reform in the short- and long-term. 

4:15 – 4:30 PM ET

4:30 – 5:00 PM ET
Legislative Training Game – Prep
This game will prepare attendees for meetings with members of Congress and staff by developing a game plan for your meetings. Teams will review the federal legislative agenda and craft stories to advocate for policy change.
This session is mandatory to participate in Congressional meetings

5:00 – 6:30 PM ET
Legislative Training Game – Mock Meetings
Once teams are ready, they will participate in mock meetings with members of Congress to give students a run through on how the meeting will go. Each team will participate in two rounds of mock meetings.

8:00 – 9:00 PM ET
Virtual Tour of Three Most Iconic D.C, Memorials
While we can’t be there in person, join us for a virtual tour of the Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln Memorials. We will discuss the history and relevance of each of these memorials as we explore D.C. virtually.

Monday, March 22

5:00 – 6:00 PM ET
Creating a Story for Change
Erin Finucane, Campaign Strategist 
Our stories are our most powerful tool, and all stories have the power to change hearts and minds. During this roundtable, students will learn how to effectively tell their personal stories to create positive change in Congress and in their communities.

6:00 – 7:00 PM ET
Panel Discussion – Preparing for the Hill
Ernest Ezeugo, Policy Analyst, SHEEO
Nia Davis Sigona, Government Relations Director, Higher Learning Advocates

Kyle Southern, Policy and Advocacy Director, Higher Education and Workforce, Young Invincibles
Experts will share tips and techniques on how to hold an effective meeting with a member of Congress or staff member on the hill. 

7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
Living Room Legends Scavenger Hunt Game
Ready to win our virtual home scavenger hunt game? Join Alley Kat Adventures for a lively, unique, interactive game that gets you outside your comfort zone at home to complete creative, challenging, wacky missions for points & fun virtual prizes!

Tuesday, March 23
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET
Meetings with Congressional Offices
Meetings with members of Congress will be scheduled throughout the day.

7:00 – 9:00 PM
Celebrating the 26th Amendment
Join us for a celebration of the 26th Amendment to the US Constitution which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 for all elections. This event will explore the history of how the amendment passed, celebrate where we are today with youth voting across America, and explore ways that we can tear down the barriers that still face young people so that we can grow them into voters.

Wednesday, March 24
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET
Meetings with Congressional Offices
Meetings with members of Congress will be scheduled throughout the day.

6:00 – 7:30 PM ET
Simulated Senate Debate on the Green New Deal
Attendees will participate in a simulated U.S. Senate session and a live floor debate on Green New Deal. Students will consider the issue from multiple perspectives, share their own ideas, and then cast their (virtual) votes. This program is run by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Virtual Today program.

7:30 – 7:45 PM ET

7:45 – 9:00 PM ET
Writing a Letter to the Editor
Attendees will build on storytelling and advocacy strategies to undertake an important earned media strategy: submitting a letter to the editor. In this session, students will learn how to submit an LTE, where to find submission information, what elements to include to improve chances of being published, and how to share a published LTE.

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